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Artisanal soap maker and coffee shop develop bar soap made from used coffee grounds

In the midst of the trend towards natural and organic cosmetics, a soap and cosmetics manufacturer from Jaraguá do Sul (Santa Catarina state) and a coffee group based in Curitiba (Paraná state) have come together to create an exfoliating soap made from waste coffee ground previously discarded by the Barista Coffee Bar coffee shop.

Founded in 2015 by Fernanda Cansian, a chemist specialized in cosmetology with a PhD in natural products, L’Odorat was already manufacturing handmade vegetable soaps when it attracted the attention of coffee roaster Café do Moço. Together, both companies created and launched the new product.

L'Odorat's exfoliating soap made of used coffee grounds

L’Odorat’s exfoliating soap made of used coffee grounds

The manufacturing process is completely artisanal and begins with the neutralization of vegetable oils such olive, palm and palm kernel oil, which form the base of the soap. The coffee grounds are dried and sterilized so they can be used in the soaps, and the scent is added. The dough obtained is then cut and molded into shapes, sent through the curing and drying process, and finally ready to be packaged and labeled.

The product focuses on the natural and sustainable approach of the main ingredient and on the exfoliating action of small coffee granules, which remove dead skin cells and dirt accumulated on the skin. According to Cansian, coffee grounds do not cause any damage to the environment, unlike the plastic microspheres used in other soaps and body washes. The product also has moisturizing properties due to the oils and butters that make up its base. Tests are underway for other products containing these coffee grounds.

L’Odorat also makes vegetable soaps from shea butter, cocoa butter and powder, carrot oil and annatto powder, as well as facial soaps from black and green clay. Cansian explains that these products do not contain harmful sodium lauryl sulfate, and rely on a totally natural foaming process. The dyes are also natural and the fragrances are used in small concentrations to avoid allergies.

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